Crickets have been an ongoing interest over the summer. Kid loves to listen to them sing as he falls asleep at night. He has been studying them intently, watching how they live. The environment he has created for them has changed as he learns. He has come to understand things that seem to make them healthier and happier. He is now raising his second ‘generation’.
We will keep adding notes to this post as he learns more.. so keep checking back to see the new developments.
Below is a closer image of the smaller tank he has made for the baby crickets. He told me that it is important to separate them because the older adults will attack the little babies.
The adult and baby cricket cages are set up the same but with different sized cages.
Below are some of his notes so far..
1. The females like to lay their eggs by sticking their needle into the moss. I have seen little eggs inside of the moss.
2. The male crickets sing with their wings. They are trying to attract the females.
3. They like to eat small pieces of fruit and veggies, and they seem to love oats. I have noticed that they will not eat bananas.
Catching crickets seemed to be pretty easy. We just went into a field where there seemed to be a lot of crickets and they were actually jumping into the jar!
November 12, 2013 update: The above habitat ended up growing some mold. Kid took out the egg carton and anything else that wasn’t alive and added a warm light to help with breeding.
More notes of what we have learned:
1. They like to nibble on cleaned eggshells, but we have read that putting calcium powder in their habitat can kill them.
2. They really thrived eating dried catfood (we had a brand made from wild meat only with no rice or additives). We also fed them organic veggies, and gave them water to drink by soaking a cotton pad in water and placing it on a dish that they could get to.. they had no problems finding it to drink from. Kid changed the pad every day and checked it’s moisture twice a day.
3. If they have a light or heater (kept at about 80 F), they will breed and sing more.
4. The area where the females are laying their eggs should be kept moist, so we kept a container with moist soil for the females to go to, and left the ground dry in the rest of the tank to avoid mold. We removed the females from the breeding tank after 7 days, to allow the babies to grow without being bothered by the adults. The babies hatched faster and thrived better if the tank was kept warm. All the crickets loved heat, and often piled up along the tank where the heater was.